The National LGBTI Health Alliance provides the following options for professional development, training, and education. These packages are highly flexible and can be customised to your organisation and needs.
If you would like to speak with someone broadly about these options please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The National LGBTI Health Alliance is a member-based organisation, with many of our members providing LGBTI training and professional development in their local regions throughout Australia. Before contacting the Alliance regarding training, we highly recommend that you contact your local LGBTI organisation to enquire if they can support your training needs.
Equal not the same: Introduction to LGBTI mental health & suicide prevention
LGBTI people are overrepresented in mental health statistics of anxiety and depression, and have an increased risk of self-harm and suicide due to their experiences of stigma, discrimination, prejudice, abuse, violence, exclusion and isolation.
Many services do not feel confident in supporting LGBTI people and so endeavour to ‘treat everyone the same’. However the mental health of LGBTI people does not benefit from this framework as it does not create room for specific lived experiences of LGBTI people, nor does it redress the barriers that reduce the ability of LGBTI people to access mental health services.
Gaining an appreciation of LGBTI people, their lived experiences, and how this impacts on their mental health can support mental health and suicide prevention workers and organisations begin to provide equitable services to LGBTI people and communities.
- Gain a basic understanding of diverse bodies, gender, gender identity and sexuality
- To have an appreciation of the lived experience of LGBTI people and communities
- Improved knowledge of the mental health outcomes of LGBTI people
- Understanding of barriers that impact on LGBTI peoples ability to access services and receive mental health support
- Awareness of qualities of an LGBTI inclusive organisation
- Increase access to services, support and resources for LGBTI people
This workshop is for people who work in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors
Practice wisdom: Working therapeutically with LGBTI clients
Based on the National LGBTI Health Alliances Working Therapeutically with LGBTI Clients: A Practice Wisdom Resource developed by practitioners with extensive experience and deep knowledge about working with LGBTI people and communities.
Practice Wisdom is an experiential two day training that translates expertise to a counselling room context, focusing on being a trusted collaborator, survival and resilience, minority stress, intersectionality, and concepts of power in therapeutic work.
- Improving your role as a therapist supporting LGBTI people
- Understanding the complexity of living as an LGBTI person in modern Australia
- Introduction to the power of naming experiences and being an effective ally
- Talking about intimacy, bodies and sex
- Engaging effectively with transgender clients
- Engaging effectively with clients with an intersex variation.
This workshop is for mental health and suicide prevention professionals who engage in counselling or therapeutic work with LGBTI clients.
Rainbow blues: Understanding depression & anxiety for LGBTI people
While depression and anxiety have significant impact on many people’s lives, for LGBTI people the rates of depression and anxiety are significantly higher. In response, this workshop is designed specifically for LGBTI people and communities to support them to gain greater awareness, knowledge and skills about identifying and responding to depression and anxiety in their own lives and in the lives of people around them they care for or interact with.
Rainbow Blues provides some insights into understanding depression and anxiety, why it seems to affect more LGBTI people; helpful hints on living with depression and how to support someone who is living with depression and/or anxiety.
It has been designed to provide space for awareness raising and to reflect on the issues that are specific to our community’s emotional health and wellbeing, as well as providing some practical tips on different types of support and self-care that embodies the notion of change and hope.
- Increase participants knowledge about depression and anxiety
- To have a greater understanding of the mental health experiences of LGBTI people
- Be equipped with strategies on how to live with depression and/or anxiety
- To be aware of support and treatment options available
LGBTI people who are living with depression and/or anxiety, along with their partners, friends, family and support people.